Are you seeing a common them here at RDE this season, Cavs fans?
With all the negativity surrounding our franchise this season, it seems rather pointless and redundant to talk about everything the Cavaliers are struggling with this year. My goal is to keep you guys positive. We have a good team here. We saw that in game one against the Boston Celtics. But we also have a very young team. There will be some ups and some downs this season. We all know that.
Cleveland dropped their third straight in a 100-88 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night.
But that doesn’t mean we can’t find something good in every game Cleveland plays this season. Win or lose, there is something to be learned in every game. And tonight, we learned that JJ Hickson is every bit as good as Byron Scott seems to think he is.
Hickson was 11-of-17 from the field last night in a career-best 31 point performance. He was an absolute beast on the offensive end of the floor for the Cavaliers and didn’t take many – if any – bad shots. While he turned the ball over five times, he still did a pretty decent job taking care of the basketball. I would like to see him get in and grab more than five boards on a nightly basis though.
Mo Williams saw the floor for the first time this season and, at times, looked rather winded. He was just 4-of-12 from the floor in a 12 point performance and he looked as if he was trying to do too much. Williams, above anyone, feels the pressure to perform this season as he was among the most disrespected in the LeBron saga this summer. He’ll only get better as the season goes along. And I think I’d prefer him as our starting point guard. Sessions and Gibson coming off the bench together would be a lethal combination.
Like Williams, Anthony Parker is being forced to do a lot more this season. He isn’t getting the same open looks as he was last season and he doesn’t seem to be grasping the concept of Scott’s run-and-gun offense as well as the others. He has had a difficult time getting himself open in transition. He’s a smart guy though. I expect that to be a short-term issue that Scott will address.
And, finally, does everyone remember how much I liked Anderson Varejao last season? (For the record, I do still like Varejao a lot) Well, I’m starting to become a huge believer in Ryan Hollins. He didn’t get a whole lot of minutes against the Hawks on Tuesday night but he performed in those few minutes. Hollins didn’t miss a shot all night as he was 2-for-2 from the field and 4-for-4 from the stripe. The guy can play. And I’d really like to see him in the starting lineup here in a few weeks. I’m a big fan of Anderson Varejao coming off the bench.